According to the numbers reported by the box offices, the newest, Cars 3 sequel raced to the top of the charts knocking ‘Wonder Woman,’ down to second place. The third installment in Disney and Pixar’s $1 billion Cars franchise easily took the top spot, with an estimated $53.5 million in earnings.
‘Wonder Woman,’ took second place in its third weekend in theaters, but it is still doing big numbers as they weeks progress, better than recent movies that have been released.
While many were racing to see Cars 3, others went to watch the new Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me, which came in third place this weekend at the box offices earning $27.1 million. Demetrius Shipp Jr., debuted as a phenomenal actor who channeled the life of the late and great rapper Tupac. Despite all of the negative reviews, audiences gave the film an A-minus on CinemaScore. It opened on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday.
However, critics couldn’t help but to notice that the third film, Cars 3 had the worst opening in the animated series’ history. Cars opened with $60.1 million and Cars 2 to $66.1 million, this was the lowest numbers for the franchise all together.
It also was a disappointment compared with the top Pixar and Disney films, in 2015 and 2016. A year ago, Finding Dory debuted with $135.1 million. In 2015, Jurassic World raked in $106.6 million in its second weekend.
The G-rated Cars 3 received an overall A grade from audiences on CinemaScore and generally positive reviews, but it will have to be up against with Despicable Me 3, which debuts in theatres in two weeks.
Gal Gadot’s heroic Wonder Woman was bumped down to second place with $40.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $274.6 million, meanwhile, the action/horror holdover The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, came in fourth place in its second weekend with $13.9 million.
One critic who goes by the name of, Dergarabedian expressed that, “It’s been a challenging summer. I always say it comes down to product. Are the movies grabbing people? Before Wonder Woman, we were about 9% behind last summer. We’re now at about even, but the industry would like to see better than even.”
The Mandy Moore movie 47 Meters Down also topped low expectations, earning $11.5 million for fifth place. Ultimately receiving a C on CinemaScore.
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